9 Band DXCC, 5 Band WAZ(183), Challenge 2140+, 160m WAZ(30), VUCC, FOC #1967
The main station is an ICOM 7700 along with an ACOM 1000 amplifier. The back-up station is an IC-756PROII and a 45 year old Henry 2K amplifier. 95% of my operation is on CW, 160 through 10 meters. The primary antenna is a remotely tuned 165' inverted "L" that is used on all bands. My secondary antenna for 20m-10m is a remotely tuned 44' Lazy H (phased dipoles) fed with 450 ohm ladder line. I also use a W9SR rotary coaxial loop and a K9AY double loop for Top Band receiving.
I also operate two vintage stations. Station #1 is a restored Johnson Viking Ranger (1954) and a Drake 2B (1961) running about 40 watts. Station #2 is a National NC-183d receiver (1952) and a Meissner Signal Shifter (1948) that runs 5 watts QRP. The vintage stations are set up so that I can switch the antennas and station accessories to either #1 or #2. Sometimes it's fun to regress to my early General license days when we had to actually tune the transmitter and zero beat the other guy.
I was first licensed at the age of 14 as WN3AYT (Novice) in January 1955 in the Pittsburgh, PA area. After college I married my wife Gloria (now married 49 yrs) and in 1972 we moved to North Carolina and I was issued K4JJW (20wpm Extra). Our two children, Stacy and Steve, are grown and we are now retired in Fairfield Harbour, New Bern, NC after a career in the electrical equipment industry.Fairfield Harbour is a boating and recreational community on the Neuse River estuary.
Our home is on a small (0.28 acres) wooded residential lot that is restricted. One of my antennas is a 165' inverted "L" between two tall pines trees at 50'. I feed the "L" at the base of the vertical section with two different remote auto-tuner/couplers and can remotely switch the "L" between either coupler (KW or 100w). It works well, all bands, 160m-10m. There is no room for a radial field, just a DC gnd with 8' ground rods around the tuners and a 165' counterpoise wire under the antenna. Our elevation is only 8' above sea level and 3' above the water table. This probably enhances the antenna's dx performance.
Vari-Ten wire tensioners solved my wire sag problems and keep my Lazy H and two inverted L's nicely tensioned between their support trees without a counter weight. The tensioners function as in-line shock absorbers. They have continuously variable tension and can be adjusted to any desired tension between 15 and 50 pounds. They're calibrated at 5 or 10 pound intervals with colored calibration markers that are used to set the static tension and sag to the desired level. Static tension is set by pulling on the halyard to the desired tension and tie it off at ground level. They keep the antennas nicely tensioned in wind gusts when the support trees sway. In my restricted neighborhood the tensioners eliminated the need for pulleys and unsightly counterweights.They also allowed me to increase the height of the antennas to the very top of the tree canopy where they hide in the foliage and branches. When the wind blows and the trees sway the tensioners go "balls out" and take up the sway distance and protect the antennas.
I'm having fun chasing dx with the wire antennas. It's definately a new challenge compared to the 4 el. Quad at 80' that I had a while back at a previous QTH. Since erecting the wire antennas several years ago, I've earned 9 band DXCC including the 160, 30, 17 and 12m endorsements, plus my DXCC Challenge Award at the 2140+ level.exclusively with the wires. Dxing can be fun and rewarding with just a wire antenna, especially during the solar minimum. Other interests include boating and community volunteer work. I answer all direct QSLs 100% and LOTW. 73's and good dxing.
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